Bessarabian Rugs in 21 Top-Rated Interiors on Pinterest

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We've collected 21 top-pinned interiors from Pinterest that showcase prestigious Bessarabian rugs which were originally made for Russian royalty in the 19th century. The Russian treasury wanted to keep money from its France and England rivals, that they made copies of Aubusson rugs and English needlepoint rugs in the Bessarabia province of Ukraine, where there was a long history of indigenous rug weaving. However, the rug weavers of Bessarabia made rugs according to their folk traditions. The Bessarabian weavers, unfamiliar with French and English methods of weaving, created patterns in their own spontaneous way. The Bessarabian rugs took on a warm, less-formal look, which was very different from the French and English rugs. Bessarabian rugs have become increasingly fashionable with interior designers such as Susan Zises Green, Janet Simon, Michael S. Smith, Stephane Boudin, Lee Radziwill, David Easton, Bunny Williams, Renzo Mongiardino, Mario Buatta and Albert Hadley, to name a few. Find inspiration with these 21 unique spaces and choose a Bessarabian rug for your next project! Read More

How a Celebrity Created Different Looks with Same Bessarabian Rug

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Bessarabian rugs are 18th and 19th century Russian creations that have become a favorite with many designers over the years. Bessarabian rugs originated several hundred years ago in Russia where the Royal family commissioned local weavers to make copies of the grand French Aubusson and Savonnerie rugs that were extremely popular amongst the Russian nobility. Bessarabian rugs have their own look. While French rug designers drew inspiration from major works of art, the Russian weavers copied the French designs in a more informal way which gave these rugs a less formal charm. Bessarabian rug have become highly desirable for very different modern decorating styles than what they were originally intended for. Read More

The History, Legend and Allure of Bessarabian Carpets

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Bessarabian carpets are flat-woven tapestry rugs that were hand woven on a wooden loom similar to the loom used to make Aubusson rugs. The very finest Bessarabian rugs were produced in the 18th century in the Russian Imperial Tapestry Factory. This factory was founded by Peter the Great after he returned from England and France where he was impressed by the magnificent Savonnerie, Aubusson and Axminister carpets he saw in the palaces of his hosts. These French and English carpets had already become the height of fashion at the Russian court and with the nobility and their importation was causing a drain on the Russian treasury. So the Russian Imperial Tapestry factory was set up to copy French and English carpets and remove the need for importing them. Soon the demand for these rugs grew and more factories were set up in villages controlled by the Russian landed gentry. The name Bessarabian derives from the historical region where these rugs were made. This region is now split between the present day Republic of Moldova and Romania. What makes Bessarabian rugs so desirable today is due to a fortunate accident - the weavers of Bessarabia were country folk with a country aesthetic. They copied the ornate French and English patterns in a more folksy manner giving these rugs a more comfortable feeling which has made them highly attractive to modern tastes.  Read More

How Celebrities Set their Personal Style with Bessarabian Carpets

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What Is a Bessarabian Carpet? Ralph Lauren once said, "Style is very personal. It has nothing to do with fashion. Fashion is over quickly. Style is forever." Keep this quote in mind when you're trying to design an exceptionally stylish home. Celebrities such as Lee Radziwill and Brooke Astor chose Bessarabian carpets to impart a distinguished personality to their homes. The best Bessarabian carpets were made for Russian royalty in the 19th century and are still preserved in the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia. These magnificent Bessarabian carpets combine French and English aesthetics with eastern hand weaving traditions. They stand right on the cusp of European and Oriental aesthetics and they feel exotic and familiar at the same time. They seamlessly blend high-end French court style, provincial design and Asian influences. The final results were beautiful rugs with highly distinctive designs that felt more relaxed than their European counterparts and this combination of refined aesthetics with a worn out handmade quality made them irresistible to European and American celebrities. Read More

The 5 Most Glamorous Interiors with Bessarabian Rugs

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The 5 Most Glamorous Interiors with Bessarabian Rugs are by such legendary interior designers  as Stephane Boudin of Maison Jansen, David Easton, Renzo Mongiardino and Albert Hadley. The rooms were designed for celebrities that include Jackie Kennedy, Lee Radziwill, Marella Agnelli and Brooke Astor- a testament to the prestigious associations of Bessarabian rugs which were originally made for Russian royalty in the 19th century. My favorite of these interiors is the living room in Dallas designed by David Easton. This room is a most amazing combination of relaxed comfort and elegance which is a very hard thing to achieve. Bessarabian rugs are becoming increasingly fashionable as evidenced by the latest advertising campaign of Brunschwig & Fils which features their all time greatest rooms including Albert Hadley's red lacquered library for Brooke Astor with its mysterious Bessarabian rug which the The New York Times proclaimed as "one of the most admired interiors of the 20th century." Read More

Brunschwig’s La Portugaise Ad Signals Fashion for Bessarabian Rugs

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Brunschwig & Fils newest advertising campaign features a picture of Albert Hadley's Brooke Astor library with La Portugaise fabric, handsome Bessarabian rug and red lacquered book cases. This ad is part of a campaign that also includes a room by Geoffrey Beene and affirms the return to classical decorating which signals a return to fashion of great Bessarabian rugs as well as French and English rugs. Read More

The Mysterious Bessarabian Rug in Brooke Astor’s Cozy Library

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The New York Times called Brooke Astor's Park Avenue library designed by Albert Hadley, "one of the most admired interiors of the 20th century." Today, I hope to surprise you by demonstrating that what made this library so memorable was not the red-lacquered shelves that everyone writes about, nor the Brunschwig & Fils La Portugaise fabric chosen by Sister Parish, but a fabulous Bessarabian rug that is never mentioned in any of the numerous articles on this famous room. Read More